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SHIJIAZHUANG, Oct. 5 — Chinese archaeologists said they have discovered more than 2,000 paleolithic relics such as stone tools and ostrich egg ornaments left by humans at north China’s Nihewan ruins area.

The paleolithic ruins found at Xishuidi Village, Yangyuan County in Hebei Province include mammal bone pieces, three ash sites and burnt bones, which are evidence of human activity dating back more than 13,000 years, said Guan Ying, a paleoanthropologist from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and head of the excavation team.

The new findings proved again the existence of human beings since ancient times in the Nihewan area along the banks of the Sanggan River. Read more.

The first relics museum in north China’s Shanxi Province opened to the public Wednesday, exhibiting the largest site for buried chariots excavated from China’s Western Zhou Dynasty (11th Century to 771 B.C.)

The museum, built with an investment of 198 million yuan (about 32 million U.S. dollars), is housed at the historic site of Qucun-Tianma in Quwo County in the southern part of Shanxi. The location features the royal tombs of the Marquis of Jin State, which date back to around 3,000 years ago.

"Study has shown that the Western Zhou people buried real chariots and horses, including almost every kind of vehicle from that time," said Hou Junjie, a consultant with the museum. Read more.

SAGINAW, MI — Carrying shovels and tripod-mounted sifting screens, Castle Museum of Saginaw County History employees and volunteers assembled in Borchard Park in search of relics from Saginaw’s past.

After starting their archaeological survey earlier in the week, half a dozen crew members dug several holes Friday, Aug. 8, in the park across from the Saginaw County Governmental Center. Jeff Sommer, curator of archaeology at the Castle Museum, said while they haven’t uncovered anything massive, they are continuing to gain perspective on the early days of Saginaw.

Thus far, crews have uncovered a button which could date to the 19th century, as well as a piece of a serving plate. Additionally, crews have unearthed several pieces of material used for tool making by the various American Indian tribes. Read more.

The fate of one of the largest archaeological finds in Hong Kong - and the Sha Tin-Central rail link - was left undecided last night after the man in charge of studying the dig stopped short of a recommendation.

Dr Liu Wensuo, of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, the lead archaeologist in a study of the relics found in To Kwa Wan, was asked at a meeting of the Antiquities Advisory Board whether he considered the relics should be preserved on site, or removed.

He replied: “There are both pros and cons of in situ preservation. It is not a question that I can answer, but is a matter to be discussed with the board, the Antiquities and Monuments Office and even residents.” Read more.


A Western Australian archaeology consultancy has conducted a cost-benefit analysis of improved treatments for sediment samples taken from ancient occupation sites.

Archaeologists examine sediments for evidence of a site’s human history.

Archae-Aus research manager Dr Caroline Bird says archaeologists in private practice typically dry-sieve excavated material for private clients, but wet-sieving achieves much better results.

"It was really to see whether the time spent getting the extra data from doing more fine sieving actually was justified in terms of cost," she says.

While wet-sieving is more time consuming than dry-sieving, Dr Bird says it dramatically improves the speed and quality of analysis as it is easier to examine clean gravel than dirty gravel. Read more.

Ethnic people in a Quang Nam Province commune discovered a trove of ancient relics they later threw away or gave to children as toys.

The Co Tu minority people were digging the foundation of a new home in a resettlement area in Nam Giang District’s Ta Binh ward when they struck a trove of pottery pieces, vases, strings and pots buried under the ground.

Most of the relics were thrown away, some agate beads given to children as toys.

A group of archaeologists from the Sa Huynh Culture Museum recently spent hours excavating the site, unearthing relics they believe belonged to the Sa Huynh civilization. Read more.

BURLEY • This year’s fire season not only cleared out thousands of acres of vegetation, but has also exposed culturally and historically significant artifacts across south-central Idaho.

Public lands officials are now urging people not to disturb the relics.

“The chances are pretty high that people are going to be running across something,” said Suzanne Henrikson, archeologist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Burley field office. “Especially in burn areas, these relics have no vegetation to cover them.”

The BLM is charged with protecting these relics and is prohibited by federal law from pinpointing the exact location of those they do find. However, Henrikson said that running across a historically valuable artifact is possible across the entire 400,000-acre BLM Twin Falls District. Read more.

KARACHI: The police and archaeology experts seem to be at loggerheads over the actual number of Gandhara relics seized earlier in the month.

Amid press reports that some artefacts have been stolen from the Awami Colony police station, both parties associated with the case are coming up with a different total for the statues.

While National Museum’s director Mohammad Shah Bokhari claims to have photographed and documented around 330 pieces earlier, the newly posted SHO at the police station, Hatim Marwat, says there are only 308 artefacts.

The police had seized a container full of Buddhist relics on July 6 and then found some more in a Korangi warehouse on July 8. As the police were investigating the case, archaeology experts, including officials from Sindh culture department and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s archaeology department, were called in to record the details of the seized relics. Read more.